I used to LOVE those just add water packages of mashed potatoes. I would add milk instead and feel oh so gourmet. I know that Idahoan brand is still gluten free (as of the writing of this post) but the list of ingredients is staggering and no longer as appealing to me. I am still struggling with finding out what other foods I may have intolerances too. With no insurance that is not an easy task. I have narrowed it down to corn and possibly rice that are the offending stomach ache inducers. My favorite stand by Idahoan potatoes contain corn so I went on a quest to find a good substitute.
I have fallen in love with coconut flour and try to incorporate it into just about everything I make. In an effort to use up the foods that I can no longer eat I made Alan a packet of Idahoan. They smelled incredible. I tried to think of a good substitute for my raging craving and realized I was out of anything even resembling a potato. I knew coconut flour would have a similar consistency from using it in my brownie breakfast cereal. A few big questions remained. Would my Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour be adaptable to a mashed potato flavor? Would coconut flour really make a fitting substitute or just become a gross mess? I think you know the answer since it would be silly for me to write a detailed post about a disaster.
Ok I’ll indulge you… My first attempt at creating coconut flour mashed potatoes smelled terrific. I popped those babies out of the microwave and quickly turned to set the overly hot dish on the counter. Little did I know that at that exact moment my kitchen rug and my little feet would decide to go to war. I tripped on the rug and sent hot potatoes flying all over the floor, my leg, the washing machine, the dryer, the walls, and the refrigerator. I even found some lingering inside a cabinet later that evening. The tiny speck left in the bottom of the bowl was amazing! I promptly cleaned up the mess and tried again. Within minutes I was eating the best mashed potato substitute I could ever dream of.
I bought a can of pumpkin to make the famous paleo pumpkin pancakes I had heard so much about. I tried them and for me they were way too eggy. I much prefer the two ingredient banana pancakes as far as texture and flavor. So I had most of a can of pumpkin left for experimentation. I was growing tired of eating my brownie batter paleo oats* after eating them 7 mornings in a row on our road trip. Don’t get me wrong they are delicious I was just finally on chocolate breakfast overkill. Continue reading →
I have been eating this paleo oatmeal everyday for months. It is that fantastic. I usually get bored with the same breakfast day in and day out but this is so rich and fudgy it will never get old. This gluten free paleo oatmeal reminds me of eating warm brownie batter- minus the guilt! A whole large bowl has only 145 calories! Continue reading →
My new favorite obsession is apples and cinnamon. I have been trying to eat even healthier and replace some of my sweets with fruit. Don’t get me wrong I still love chocolate but am trying to break my addiction to it. I have created this variation on my Copycat Coco Wheats to satisfy my breakfast sweet tooth. The use of coconut flour keeps this recipe lower carb and low calorie while being grain free and gluten free as well. Who doesn’t like apple pie for breakfast? If you want an even more decadent experience you could drizzle a bowl of this with honey or maple syrup and sprinkle some crushed almonds on top. Go ahead indulge your senses then tell me what your favorite hot breakfast cereal combo is. 🙂 Continue reading →
My sweetheart Alan is a salsa and corn chips addict! We go through a ton of Pace in this apartment. A few days ago we were out thrifting with my aunt when she asked if we wanted to see her garden. I had eaten many veggies from it but never visited. I assumed it was at her house, boy was I in for a nifty surprise. Continue reading →
I have not had a doughnut since my pre gluten free days and even then I did not eat them often. This donut flavored coconut flour cake tastes how I remember a donut tasting. Here is how this one came about. Continue reading →
I have finally found satisfaction in flour. I am gluten free and mostly grain free. I have been struggling with losing that extra 20 lbs my whole life. I have been in love with cooking and baking everything I could since going gluten free three years ago due to Celiac . It is hard to shed these extra pounds while battling a monster sized sweet tooth. This is where coconut flour comes in. It is naturally gluten free, grain free, and low carb. Continue reading →
This Asian inspired dish is low in calories and huge on flavor. I have always loved spinach and was looking for new ways to fit it into my diet. This time I decided to put an Asian spin on it and came up with this wonderful mouth watering side dish. The flavors are light enough to compliment the spinach and not overpower it. I could eat this with every meal. I have eaten this whole recipe as my meal. I just can’t stop going back for one more mouthful Yes, it is that good! Continue reading →
I love to bake. If I didn’t I probably would not be writing a food blog. I began by baking gluten free recipes I found on various sites and not worrying what the calorie content was. I ate these baked goods like they were going out of style. I watched my waist expand quickly and realized I needed to make a change. I am a sweets addict especially when it comes to chocolate. I needed to figure out my own way to incorporate my sweet tooth into a lower calorie diet. Continue reading →
I have tried many many mug cakes. Some were full of expensive protein powder and tasted foul. Some were too dry or too wet. I went on a mission to create my chocolate single serving cake. I accomplished this by using my favorite flour. I tested out 7 different brands of coconut flour for this recipe. To read more on how well each brand works click on over to this post.
This mug cake turned out amazingly well! It took 5 minutes to make and is low calorie, low carb, and grain free! Continue reading →